Mastering Fighting Video Games

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Mastering a fighting game is not an easy process. It takes hours of dedication and a lot of commitment for those wanting to go ‘all the way’ and compete in eSport tournaments. Fighting games are great fun for friends to battle in and make brilliant mini-tournament games at events. being good at them is something many want, but few can achieve that true greatness that captures the attention of thousands.

Of course, it’s not just about getting good to compete in eSports. There’s something satisfying about watching friends struggle to understand how you’re so good or watch them flail and fail at dealing damage to you. – Fighting games World Rankings

Getting to that point can seem to be impossible, but this guide contains everything you need to get started on the path to fighting game greatness.

Choosing a game to play

The first obstacle is to pick a game and a character. For some people, this is an easy process; just select your favourite game and character(s). Some games and characters are much more popular than others which can also make training much easier.

Choose Your Game

If you’re uncertain about what game to select then consider these three questions before making a choice:

Do you enjoy the gameplay?
Can you play it for long bursts?
How far do you want to go?

There is nothing wrong with going with a different game than your current favourite; some people would rather separate their ‘for fun’ game from their ‘competitive’ game. If you want to play competitively, then make sure you also have a look at the eSports scene to make sure it suits you as a player.


How to play – Round one Fight !!

Every fighting game has different gameplay, but they all feature the same basic buttons however some games will have extra moves assigned to more buttons. However, being good at one fighting game can usually be transferred to other fighting games because this game genre has an underlying set of fundamentals.

These fundamentals can transfer between all fighting games and are essential information when it comes to learning how to play the game.

Spacing/Zoning: This refers to the distance between yourself and the opponent, the aim is to keep the distance because it limits what the other player can do to attack you. Any fighter can take advantage of this and learning to deal with it is key when you want to play competitively.

Rushing: This is the opposite of Zoning. Instead of keeping a distance, the aim is to keep a constant pressure on the other player to prevent them from being able to use their attacks effectively.

Footsies: It’s an old-school way of explaining how to control the flow of a game by pressuring the other player with consistent mid-height attacks. Attacking like this can allow for some great combos and can also help you control the zone.

Anti-air:  All fighting games that allow you to jump will allow you to stop enemies while they are in the air, being able to catch an opponent with an anti-air attack will knock them out of the sky. Not stopping an opponent like this can be devastating as it allows them to get into a closer range to deal more damage.

Blocking: It’s surprising how many players forget to use the blocking mechanics in fighting games. Not blocking can easily be punished and in some games, it’s possible to counter attacks while blocking. Blocking too much, however, is also bad.

There is a lot more to learn when it comes to the fundamentals of fighting games, but these apply to all fighting games. Being good at these will give you a strong base to build from, whatever game or character you decide to learn.

Martial Arts Video Game Training

The best place to train in any fighting is the Training Mode; it sounds obvious, but many players don’t use this to their advantage properly and others ignore it completely.

Training Mode is important for various reasons; it means you can practice with each character, see which one feels the best, look at the moves screen easily and without pressure and it also allows the player to learn combos. The biggest reason of them all, however, is that it allows the player to build muscle memory in their fingers and hands. The muscle memory will increase reaction time, and the body will understand what to do when you need to make a particular combo or once you’ve hit the enemy. This takes a lot of training to build up, and the Training Mode is an excellent place for it.

Outside of Training Mode, it’s good to get as much practice as possible against other players. They could be friends, randoms from online matches and also competitions. Playing in competitive games will be a good way to check your reactions to the stress of playing at that level before you decide to start playing for money.

Practice is important, and while Training Mode is the best practice ground for learning combo’s, the player also needs to hit a moving target to make sure what they’re doing in Training Mode is working.

Fighting Games Training Methods

It’s no secret that using Training Mode to practice will be tedious but for learning specific movements and reactions, there’s no better way to do it. Other players have shared their training schedules online for various games, creating a personalised one is pretty simple.

Split the game into different areas that you need to focus on, for example; this could be: Dodging, Combos, Executions, and Anti-Air. Then you just need to decide what to work on each day, trying to do everything will never work; you need to focus the attention on one area at a time and rotate through a cycle to avoid getting too bored with Training Mode.

Doing this can also help you discover what areas you lack skill in so that you can do more work to improve in those areas.

Training Mode will offer various options to change the AI opponent; they could just stand there, jump into the air or even attack. Each of these options allows for training in a variety of areas such as blocking or dealing with a blocking enemy.

Deciding on a training schedule is important and a few days each week is usually enough to suffice. Slotting in times to play against other players is also a good idea as it will give you a chance to see how well the training is going and where you need to focus your efforts.

Where to find more tips on playing fighting games
Finding the best tips online can be difficult at times, it’s hard to know exactly what sources to trust; some people and websites will just point you towards their book instead!

Here are some of the best websites to find fighting game tips and tricks on:


This website is dedicated to fighting games and contains a lot of information about the various popular games and about the eSports scene. There is even a Glossary which is filled with fighting game terminology.


It’s not the most ‘official’ source of information but other players can be very helpful and the community on Reddit is quite active, they respond to questions and offers some good advice for all levels of play. While there is a generic fighting game subreddit, there are also subreddits for every fighting game which are the best place to ask game specific questions or find specific information.

Video Games Strategy / Walkthrough websites
There are a lot of websites out there that have been created to provide players with strategy guides or walkthroughs of any game. These are also pretty handy for fighting games and good information can be discovered through them.


Helpful players post videos on Youtube all the time, detailing ways a variety of interesting areas. Any game with a following will have dedicated players posting video online and even if there are no ‘How to’ style videos then watching high skill players in games is a great way to learn I have included some within this post.  Hopefully with all the information above you be on your way to becoming a Martial Arts Video game Master.

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